Louisville Zoo
Sam Gray/Courtesy of the Louisville Zoo

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1100 Trevilian Way

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Open since 1969, the Louisville Zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals across its 134 acres. Among the highlights for recent visitors were the polar bear, tiger and giraffe sightings, as well as the camel rides.

Recent guests praised the zoo for its engaging guides and clean facilities and particularly note it's a good spot to take very young children (because Louisville Zoo is small, it's easily manageable for short legs to walk through). Travelers also described the zoo's atmosphere as relaxing and said that it never feels overly crowded thanks to its well-designed layout.

General admission (which does not include extras like camel or train rides) costs $16.25 for adults ages 12 to 59 and $11.75 for kids between the ages of 3 and 11 and seniors 60 and older. You can save a little coin by scheduling your visit during the zoo's summer "Twilight Hours" (Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.): admission costs $9.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. You'll also need to budget for the parking fee, which costs $5 per vehicle. The zoo is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the season. For more information, visit the zoo's official website.

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